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About Goodall's Kitchen

Located inside Hotel Ella, Goodall’s Kitchen is a local American bistro with casual indoor & outdoor dining. Goodall's offers a classic American dining experience that combines Hotel Ella's historic charm with a modern Austin sensibility.

1900 Rio Grande
Austin, TX 78705
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 7am - 11am (Breakfast)
Monday - Friday: 11am - 2pm (Lunch)
Saturday and Sunday: 7am - 2:30pm (Brunch)
Saturday and Sunday: 3-5pm (Afternoon Tea)
Sunday - Thursday: 5pm - 10pm (Dinner)
Friday and Saturday: 5pm - 11pm (Dinner)

Cross Street:
Martin Luther King

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(512) 495-1800

Website:
http://goodallskitchen.com/

Parking Details:
Complimentary valet parking available at the front of Hotel Ella.

Executive Chef:
Nick Nelson

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Book your Thanksgiving Feast with Goodall's Kitchen. $72 per person buffet including carved turkey breast, prime rib and plenty of homemade pies. Parties of 5 or more please email goodalls@hotelell.com.

Goodall's Kitchen Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Romantic (5)
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Good for a Date (5)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Business Meals (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Authentic (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Food was simply prepared and let the ingredients shine. The octopus app was very well done, texture was perfect and flavor spot on. Tomato red pepper soup was intensely flavored with red pepper and tomato as the main players. The spinach salad was again simple but perfectly put together; the King salmon dish with the corn relish was excellent and medium rare just as I ordered it. Finally the deconstructed pineapple upside down cake was delicious and the sour cream ice cream my favorite part of the dessert. Hotel Ella is an architectural gem and Godalls a great hidden surprise. Our first time there with many more in the future.

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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Pleasant atmosphere and the dishes were beautiful to look at. Sadly, the chicken salad I ordered was heavily salted, but the other dishes at the table, the beet salad and hummus appetizer, were good enough to make up for the chicken/salt salad. We sat outside on the front porch on a warm early fall day when traffic was at a minimum. Mature trees and well maintained grounds. The service was excellent.

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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We had a short time to kill while waiting for friends so we only ordered an app and a few side dishes. The hummus was outstanding with a slight kick but not spicy. The mac and cheese and whipped potatoes were great comfort dishes that hit the spot. Our server was very knowledgeable and helpful about menu options.

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 (Austin)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Very nice dining experience ... lovely dining room and grounds.
Our server was very good ....
My only constructive criticism would be to have more items on the menu. More variety would be better...
The food that was offered was tasty and very well plated.... I just wanted more items to chose from.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 9, 2017

The historic house turned hotel provides a wonderful atmosphere. The small grounds are pretty. Enjoyed the beautiful art decor in the dining room. The food was good. The only downfall to this chef-inspired restaurant was the waiter kept interrupting to make presentations. Everything from the appetizers to the bottled water to the main course required an explanation. I understand the food came from a well run and artisan kitchen but we really wanted to talk. Maybe we didn't appreciate it enough?!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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food5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 7, 2017

I'd like to see an expanded menu but the lunch choices were sufficient and food was very good. It's just such a pretty and somewhat underserved part of Austin. Liked it a lot and will certainly go back.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Loved our lunch here.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on May 29, 2017

The three of us had a fantastic lunch there on Memorial Day. The food was creative, delicious and prepared with the freshest ingredients! They adjusted some ingredients in my dishes to accommodate my food allergies without skipping a beat- and we all loved the results! Gracious staff, great low noise atmosphere filled with art- this is now on top of our Austin favorites!

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 (Austin)·Dined on May 29, 2017

We stopped by Goodall's for breakfast on a non-brunch day. It was nice to see options on the menu other than the typical sausage and eggs. Everything was delicious and the staff was very attentive. Its an inviting atmosphere that would be nice for a date or a family meal.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Dallas)·Dined on May 28, 2017

The food was quite bland and pretty tasteless despite a mouthwatering description by our server. Not much activity or business in the restaurant and lacked a crowd 'buzz'.

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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on May 14, 2017

It was a wonderful Mother's Day experience!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Tea
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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 8, 2017

We were entertaining friends from New Jersey and we were warmly welcomed as usual. Everything was perfect, and we could actually hear ourselves speak!

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Went her for brunch with my son because we could make a reservation at the last minute. Very nice restaurant but the service was really slow. The server was good they just weren't getting things out of the kitchen fast enough. Only has one server on duty. Restaurant only about half full. Fool was pretty good, probably wouldn't go back though. Nowhere to park valet was
backed into the street with some kind of event.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Had our first dinner there this week. Very nice dining room, not too big which made for a nice ambiance, and when we were there they had a couple of large parties and just a couple other tables full. Not too busy for 8pm on a Friday night. Service was pretty good.

Food isn't cheap, but it's also not expensive - I'd say a nicely priced venue for the food you get. We ordered a couple apps - the broccoli beignets and the octopus. Beignets were 'good' but the octopus was really good. My wife and daughter loved it.

The kids had their own menu and food portions were good - standard kids fare so they had a burger and pasta. My wife had the brick chicken and I had the fish and chips. We both really liked our meals.

Had a dessert also, the brownie sundae. Very popular. Not overly huge for $12 but it was enough for 4 people who wanted just a taste and not to gorge ourselves.

Overall I'd recommend it and we'd go back again someday for sure.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Austin)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Great food and service at Goodall's! Tasty food, and attentive wait staff. I liked the blending of historic and contemporary décor.

Tags: Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Fun, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on April 10, 2017

It was a breakfast place I chose to help celebrate our anniversary. Beautiful hotel and restaurant. Will recommend to everyone!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Afternoon Tea, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Romantic, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Houston)·Dined on April 9, 2017

We ate breakfast on the patio and it was beautiful morning.

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 (Austin)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Had a wonderful dinner on the front porch with my two daughters. Beautiful night and great atmosphere! Will definitely come back.

Tags: Happy Hour, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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 (Austin)·Dined on March 21, 2017

My husband and I met at Goodalls on the spare-of-the-moment to eat a bit before a theater performance. It was so lovely to sit on their casual patio and enjoy delicious food. The wine by the glass selections were great and the food was very good. I wish they had a bit larger entre selection and we would return for a full dinner. The flow when you walk in the front door is a little awkward and it is hard to appreciate where to dine. We glanced into the dining room which appeared a bit casual, so we opted for outdoors, which was great. The staff was very friendly, professional and fun.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Austin)·Dined on March 7, 2017

Ate dinner after attending a post graduate graduation @ UT.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Super food, generous portions, great vibe in a beautif old mansion turned boutique hotel. Be sure to check out the bar and telax on the veranda! Great breakfast, too!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on February 5, 2017

The entire staff was very friendly. The service was quick, and the food was unique and delicious. The staff was clearly well orchestrated, and were all involved to create a pleasant experience. Deviled eggs were amazing.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on February 5, 2017

We had a pleasant experience for our Sunday Brunch - service and food was wonderful. Menu is small with slight twist on a few "standards" and reasonably priced. Restaurant is part of the hotel and is smaller, but welcoming. The hotel is on the historical registry. You'll also have to valet park (which is tips only, no fee). They also have several other events (Tuesday fried chicken, Thursday's Burger & Beer nights) that we look forward to trying. Goodalls Kitchen is a Recommend!!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2016

Flank steak and chiliquiles were amazing on the brunch menu. The bloody Mary was outstanding

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 25, 2016

Came to Goodall's for both Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners as it is close to home and had good reviews. Food was very good but the service went from fair on Thanksgiving to poor on Christmas. Christmas was not as busy as Thanksgiving but service was slower and very inattentive. had to get my own silverware after the cleared plates from an early course. Bought a bottle of wine but staff never offered to refill glasses. Had coffee at end of meal with no refill offered. Not the service expected on a $300 tab. Restaurant needs to get better management on site to oversee service.

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 25, 2016

We brought family members (with 3 children) to Goodall's for late lunch on Christmas day. We arrived 25 minutes early for our reservation, and our table was already waiting! Staff were attentive and generally seemed to care about making us happy. My continuing impression of Goodall's is that if you like somewhat different types of food and are adventurous, this is the place for you. Some members of our party (particularly the children, of course) were not happy with the buffet selection (they tend not to like prime rim), others were very happy (particularly with the stuffing and pork shoulder). Some of us were not aware that the meal reservations would be buffet-only, indicating that open menu items were their favorites but were not available (e.g., fish and chips, some traditional sandwiches). The dessert station is definitely the favorite for most people - eclectic, tasty, well-designed. The unique cocktails were also a hit with our party. The building is historic, comfortable, and comfy. The valet service is definitely appreciated with the limited parking in the neighborhood.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 25, 2016

Was told Christmas Day "BRUNCH". Was only lunch fare. Although it tasted very good the selection was small, the waitstaff very inattentive, and the bill extremely high

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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on December 24, 2016

We've been to Goodall's for Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve dinner and loved it both times. So quant and the food is delicious. You feel as you are in a friend's home that is also an excellent chef. Wish I could of gone for the Christmas day buffet as well. We will be going soon for the buttermilk fried chicken with all the fixings. Service was wonderful too.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 24, 2016

Had a delicious meal at Goodall's after attending Christmas Eve services with a friend. Brick chicken was well-seasoned and steak was cooked just right.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 20, 2016

We just love their Tuesday Fried Chicken special and took friend to introduce them to this great bargain.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on December 18, 2016

My 3 year old son and I had Christmas brunch and got to meet Santa. The Christmas event was so well done and the kids truly enjoyed the activities and the wonderful Santa that Hotel Ella commissioned for the event. The food at Goodall's is solid, but not over the top. I highly recommend this as a brunch spot and they are very accommodating with kids.

Tags: Good for Groups, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 11, 2016

Great place to take your UT student when you want good food and a place conducive for conversation. We enjoyed our Sunday brunch here.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 26, 2016

My wife and I went here on our anniversary and enjoyed dinner very much. She had the brick chicken and I had the fish and chips, both delicious and in very sizable servings. Our wait person Tasha was very pleasant and attentive. I can see going back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 24, 2016

The Hotel Ella is a beautiful establishment full of history and stunning design. The restaurant within the restaurant, "Goddall's" was cleverly decorated and the thanksgiving feast was delicious and expansive (rib eye, salmon, and turkey in addition to several sides and desserts).

The service unfortunately was mediocre with the servers being clumsy, awkward, and hard to track down at times. There were times we were waiting for silverware for so long between plates so we just got up and grabbed one ourselves (not what I would expect for fine dining).

Our table ordered drinks and coffee (the drinks were tasty, the coffee was very weak) in addition to the $75 buffet bringing our total to about $100/person which, honestly, seemed over-priced but I suppose we were paying for the ambiance in addition to the unlimited plates. They ran out of the nutella cream-puffs which I imagine was very popular but for a hundred dollar experience, I would have liked to try one.

Overall, it was a good experience but would recommend they consider training their waitstaff more thoroughly and drop the price of the holiday buffet by several dollars.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 23, 2016

GOTTA SAY WE WERE DISAPPOINTED BECAUSE THIS WAS A BIRTHDAY DINNER AS NOTED ON THE RESERVATION AND NOTHING WAS SAID OR SPECIAL FOR US.aLSO IT TOOK FOREVER TO EAT ALTHOUGH WE WERE THE ONLY PEOPLE THERE

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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on November 18, 2016

Went to Goodalls early (5:30PM on a Friday) before an event on the UT campus. It was almost empty at that point, which is no surprise. Our server was attentive without being in the way, and it was pleasantly quiet. The room itself is very simple, a bit of a box with old-style wall decor. Food was delicious and came in reasonable time. As time went on the room became quite busy and also quite loud. Our original server went kind of AWOL, but we could see him running around dealing with many other tables ( there was a rush of people also eating early in order to attend the Amy Shumer performance), so it's not like he was just sitting around. Other workers picked up for him and we got out in time for our show without having to fuss.

So I'm leaving good marks because we had a good time and the food really was amazing, but I would suggest avoiding this place when events are taking place close to UT.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on November 13, 2016

The building is lovely, and the decor of the wooden-floored dining room is smart a la Restoration Hardware, with arty body sketches hanging on the wall. The wine list was short, but reasonably priced and well selected, we chose a bottle of Ayala champagne. We had brunch from the short menu, which never gives a chef a chance to shine, but the frittata was good, although took a while to arrive. Waitress was very pleasant. I'd definitely go back to try the non-brunch cuisine, but wish they'd had a non-brunch offering. The table next door had two loud people on it and their voices penetrated the peace and quiet in a sports bar bragadocio way that meant we could not hear each other easily.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 5, 2016

Yummy fresh ingredients! I will definitely be going back!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Healthy, Seasonal
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food5
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 30, 2016

good redfish and not so not so loud, which was really nice.

Dark ambience,, wish they didn't have such dark furniture and chairs no padding., but food good and waiter knowledgable., service a little slow.

Tags: Healthy
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 30, 2016

Great food and service! Definitely a place to visit

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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